Asthma Action Plan


Every person who has asthma should have an asthma action plan. This is a written guide. It gives you detailed instructions for how to manage your asthma. Your doctor will work with you to develop a custom plan for your specific needs.

Why Use an Action Plan?

Asthma symptoms can develop quickly, and it isn't always easy to know when you need help. If you use a peak flow meter to test your breathing, your action plan will show you how to interpret your score.

Understanding the Zones

Many action plans categorize your peak flow meter score (plus other asthma symptoms) into three "zones." If your score and symptoms match those in the green zone, you are doing well. If they fall within the yellow zone, your asthma is getting worse. If they move into the red zone, you are having an emergency.

Managing Your Asthma

Your action plan will show you what steps to take when your asthma is in each of these zones. Medications you may need will be listed, along with instructions for taking them. In an emergency, your action plan will tell you what medicines to take for quick relief, and who to contact for immediate help.

Keep it Nearby

Because the action plan is so important, keep a copy nearby at all times. If you are managing a child's asthma, make sure everyone who cares for your child has a copy. Grandparents, babysitters, teachers, coaches and the school nurse should all have copies. Follow the action plan and get regular checkups so you can manage asthma safely and effectively.